Monday, January 16, 2012

overdue + unfinished = fabulous



When people describe a book they are passionate about, they'll always say, "I couldn't put it down!" However, I have come to the conclusion that
if a home decor book or magazine is truly great, you will put it down so that you can try things immediately!




I am always reserving stacks of decor and craft books from the library and just realized that the really great ones get returned without ever being finished for the reason mentioned above. This is the case with the currently overdue thriftychic. Each time I pick it up and begin to leaf through, inspiration hits, the book gets put down and I begin to rummage and rearrange!


Great ideas such as a trellis-turned-organizer. Cheap and charming!


Draped and clipped muslin as a curtain. Perfect for us no-sew types.


Fairy lights to add a warm glow.


Painted stairs (top) which I am considering for my own home for the grungy carpet replacement project that keeps getting pushed to the bottom of the list.


A bench with pillows beneath a window. So beachy!


And again, this GASP-inducing image that prompted me to finally decide to go for it and order my first meter of ...


Cath Kidston fabric to be used in the kitchen/dining area someway, somehow.



And on the top of tomorrow's to-do list: return this overdue, unfinished and fabulous book to the library. (I'd renew it but it's already on-hold)

xo
elyse

39 comments:

❀ JoAnne said...

Those are all inspiring ideas, Elyse! Can't wait to see what you do with your beautiful Cath Kidston fabric!!

Stacey@A Sort Of Fairytale said...

i have that book! i should send it to you...it can be on loan from the Library of Stacey for as long as you need...
i love that kitchen in the book with the Cath tablecloth - swoon, swoon, swoon! (i just fainted).

Country Dreaming said...

The best books are always on hold.

Melinda

Cindy@Cutepinkstuff said...

Wow, I don't know if I want to get that book! I'll never get any laundry done. Great ideas, Elyse, and I soooo understand the dilemma: relax with a good book (decorating book) OR get busy on a new-found idea! Glad you like bringing windows indoors. You should see the collection of walls that have windows in my house! Fifi's photos don't begin to show them all. Deets will be wonderful when you know!

D said...

Wow! What a great magazine. I love all those ideas! Gotta find it soon.

Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

Oh, you know what, I've been guilty of keeping really good library books past their due dates :) : :) This looks like a really cute book and I LOVE that really simple muslin curtain. I've been wanting to do something like that for the kitchen window!!! Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)

Rebecca said...

Oh that is a lovely book! I love that you are a no-sew type too :-) I can see why you adore the Cath Kidston table cloth/fabric - you have an eye for gorgeous things!

Diane Mars said...

Beautiful, I love the Fairy lights those look like so much fun! I will have to check this out! Hugs, Diane

Apple Blossom Barn said...

Hi Elyse

I have that book and love and sit down with it and a cup of tea,
complete heaven!

Denise
xxxx

LissyLou said...

you have chosen my favourite pictures from that book xx

♥Cantinho da Nete ♥ said...

Olá,lindo blog amei.

Blondie's Journal said...

I definitely have to check out this book. The pages you included are so inspiring! I'd love to see what you do with the fabric!

XO,
Jane

paola said...

I'm going to put it on my whish list on Amazon!!
Thank you for sharing..
paola

molleydzigns said...

I HAVE to get that book!!!! Thanks for sharing...looking forward to seeing your insirational tinkerings from the book!!!

Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

Can't wait till you get your fabric! Hurray for you! ♥

Cottage 1945 said...

That looks like a great book. You are absolutely correct that the really good books never do get finished!

MelMel said...

That is my dream kitchen!
Can't wait to see your finished haven of loveliness!xxx

Wendy McDonagh-Valentine said...

Oh my goodness!! Those images are just gorgeous!! I'm thinking that might be one of those books that needs to be purchased to use as a reference book. I'm going to visit Amazon.com now and see if it's there. Thanks so much for sharing this with us!! : )

~ Wendy
http://Crickleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

Jen Kershner said...

Okay, seriously that book has been on my wish list for months. I was hoping to get it for Christmas. I think I'm gonna have to treat myself. Happy Valentine's Day to me!

blessedmom's simple home said...

Beautiful inspiration. A new "wish list" book :)
Blessings,
Marcia

Gabriela Delworth said...

Hello Elyse,

Love these images, very inspiring!
My favorite decor, creative and affordable...so simple...and sometimes free with a few tricks if you use what you have, right?


Gabriela

birdie blue said...

darling ideas, my friend. i haven't seen that book before, i'll definitely have to look for it. you'll love that 'spray flowers' ck fabric. i can't wait to see what your crafty self comes up with...

xo
molly

BEAR's Mom said...

such great ideas!!!
love the CK fabric
~victoria~

NanaDiana said...

Elyse- Well, now you KNOW I will have to go find that book! I can't wait to see that fabric. It is fabulous and just so sweet looking. Happy Week! xo Diana

Apple Blossom Barn said...

Hi Elyse

I too have placed a CK order, the anticipation of that parcel arriving is half the fun, skip the guilt, it was the 70% off sale!

Love your blog and was thrilled to hear from you!

Denise xxxx

Katy Noelle said...

So many very cute and doeable ideas. That bench under the window reminds me of a book that was simply inspiring because of it's title and concept. (The, actual, pictures and ideas weren't really THAT grand for me, personally.) The book was "The Nook Book". Don't we just love 'nooks', though? They encouraged us to find nooks wherever - even, under windows. That's when I decided that I wanted my whole house to feel like a homey nook. Your home seems to be of a similar bent. =]

Inspiration from these books, though....I don't know why but, they always make me want to do the laundry. (?????!!!)

I love that kitchen, too! =]

xo

Zuzu said...

G.A.S.P. Gorgeousness.

Funny thing. Last week I was thinking of making a garden trellis inspiration board. :)

I'm adding this book to my must reads. Thanks for the beautiful inspiration, Elyse!

Hugs,
Zuzu

Pansy Cottage Girl said...

Im definitely going to need to have a peek at that book. I like how the images are simple and fresh. Im so over all the fussy stuff!

Debbie said...

What an inspiring book...all the photos make me want to start "something." Do show how the fabric ends up in your "design plan?" I'm going to look for the book on Amazon??? Now, get back to the library and check-out another good book..haha.

Erin said...

Don't you just hate it when you can't renew a book anymore?! :) Though I will say the flipside of that is the feeling of excitement when I receive an email from my library that a book I requested is finally in. (Yes, I'm a nerd!)

I'm so glad you highlighted this book! I won a copy of it from Stacey at A Sort of Fairytale back in December and I *love* it. So many wonderful ideas.

Looking forward to seeing what you do with the CK Spray Flowers fabric...

Take care,
Erin

Bring Pretty Back said...

Elyse, I NEED this book!!!! If you love it I know I will!!!!
Have a pretty day!
Kristin

The Cottage Market {Andrea} ♥ said...

that book is amazing and i think when i leave here i am over at amazon snatching up a copy! thanks for sharing this with us -- i simply adore the book!!!! hugs...

koralee said...

Oh I love painted stairs....what inspiring ideas...must go look for that book...hugs.

KarenHarveyCox said...

Hi Elyse,
I hear you, I am the same way. There are some books that so speak to my heart. That fabric is gorgeous. You introduced me to Cath Kidston and I am forever thinking of you when I see anything with that design on it. Now I am going to put that book on the list of books I want to take out at the library.
Karen

hilary@oldhousetruelove said...

that is an awesome book!!!!!

About Vintage French Hen said...

Yes, I own this book as well and it is fabulous! There are so many great ideas in it that are sure to inspire!

Rhonda said...

I'm going to get this book and check it out!
I also want to paint my stairs in my cottage, but I didn't know what to paint, now you have given me insparation to get going on painting my stairs!
Thank-you Elyse!
Great ideas are poping in my head as I type this!
Blessings!
Rhonda
check my blog out, I blogged about some great tips living in a 900 sq. ft. cottage! Some might even be helpful to you Elyse!
www./mckenzygirl/bogspot.com

Amy C said...

this looks fabulous - I love white fairy lights and have them up in my studio all year long!
Happy 2012 to wonderful YOU Elyse!

Bristol said...

I have those grungy steps!! I want to paint them in the worst way. It is the one thing my husband puts his foot down about in the house~
Bristol